Deerhunter's Bradford Cox
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Deerhunter's Bradford Cox: "I'm The Closest Thing That Our Age Has To A Bowie"
Psych-pop modernists Deerhunter released their eighth studio album, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?, this past week to much critical acclaim. In support of the record, singer-songwriter and frontman Bradford Cox has been making the interview rounds, leading to some highly quotable soundbites. "I'm the closest thing that our age has to a Bowie. Take it or leave it," he told Rolling Stone. "Look around. Our culture has twisted itself into really poor shape."
As no doubt can be expected, Cox is a huge fan of Nicolas Roeg's 1976 sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell To Earth, which stars David Bowie as the titular extraterrestrial.
Cox also touched on his grief over the death of Deerhunter's former bassist (he left the band in 2012), Josh Fauver, who died in Nov. 2018 at the age of 39. Looking back at how Fauver left Deerhunter, Cox admitted, "I don’t like change. Superficial changes, aesthetic changes, I like. But not permanent change. I hated it when he quit, and I find his death so unsettling. It’s the most disturbing thing."
But Deerhunter are still looking ahead. Guitarist Lockett Pundt praised the band's finished product, saying, "We definitely went through some ups and downs of morale, but I’m ecstatic with the end result. We pretty much always have a mid-album crisis. Like, literally every time. Perhaps it wouldn’t be a Deerhunter album if we didn’t."
Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is out now via 4AD.